CDBO12V1.pdfI know I’m late as all hell to the TV Tropes party. For others who are even later than me, let me expound… TV Tropes is a website that talks about tropes, idioms, and cliches in various forms of media. Whether it’s television, movies, or even video games, the website does an incredible job of educating would-be writers as to what pitfalls to avoid or what “crazy plot twists” have been done to beyond death. It makes one wonder if there’s such a thing for black metal and its various offshoots. I ask this because Spain’s Ered seem to be tripping each and every blackened landmine with their newest, Night of Eternal Doom.

Before we continue though, who’s your favorite black metal band? SatyriconMarduk? Dissection? No matter what your answer will be, I will respond with “Ered sounds a lot like them.” And that’s where the problem is. Opener “Ancient Abominations” kicks off sounding like modern-day Marduk with vocalist/bassist Abyssal sounding like Blake Judd (Nachtmystium) only with less-embarrassing lyrics. The riffs just carry on and on, the drums blast but don’t hold any attention whatsoever, and it just goes into a weird Nachtmystium/Satyricon black ‘n roll section that may go down live, but doesn’t quite intrigue on record. Then comes the creepy Dissection-lite part, before throwing out a decent melody about 4:37 in, but by then you are ready to just move on with your blackened, crusty life.

And I was having a severe case of tr00 kvlt deja-vu throughout the album’s 61-minute length. Recalling interesting parts (which aren’t many), differentiating between parts, and hell, just trying to keep my attention focused was next to impossible, and I spent an hour each night for nearly two weeks straight with Night of Eternal Doom. Every song has what I call “that Dissection part,” where there’s jangly, tremolo riff melodies, only not as well-crafted. “Nocturnal Revelations” slightly reminds of the beginning of “Where Dead Angels Lie,” before going for full on Satyr-worship. But of all the songs heard over and over, only “Black Temple Congregation” got my full attention for that cool little tremolo/bass part about 2:08 into the song. Yes, that one part, of all the 61 minutes I’ve endured, was the only part that I thought, “Wow… that’s… different and cool.” And they’re not bad musicians. Guitarists S.B.E. (what’s with initials in black metal, guys?!) and Shogoth do tremolo very well. Jordi Farré is a decent, if unspectacular, drummer. There are just no interesting songs here, and songs are what separate the lesser demons from the greats.

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The production, although loud and compressed as all get-out, actually doesn’t sound half-bad. The cymbals hurt, yes, but the rest of the sounds are adequate. Hell, even Abyssal’s bass makes appearances here and there (like the aforementioned “Black Temple Congregation”). But there have to be songs. Interesting songs that don’t drag on endlessly or make the album feel like the blackened aural equivalent of Eyes Wide Shut. They’re more than capable of doing so.

So the lesson of the day here, folks, is to find a sound that’s you and not 15 other bands all smooshed together. Night of Eternal Doom, while not bad, isn’t what I would call “captivating” or “original.” I miss Dissection and good Satyricon like the next guy, but if we wanted a rehash, why not just check out the originals?


Rating: 2.0/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 256 kbps mp3
Label: War Anthem Records
Websites: EredOfficial | Facebook.com/Ered
Release Dates: EU: 2015.05.29 | NA: 06.02.2015

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  • Scorpion

    This album sputnik is horrible. I need some Dream Theater now..

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Don’t let “Dr.” Fisting find you saying this…

      • Scorpion

        Bring it on.(BTW i will be Dr.Scorpion in 6 yrs!)

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          There are just too many “doctors” around here. I’m gonna get rid of mine.

          • Scorpion

            When will we be getting Dr. AMG?

          • Grymm

            Can you imagine a Dr. Grymm?

            *SHUDDERS*

          • Dr. Scorpion

            Naa, thats just funny :P Sounds like the name of a Dr.Doom fan.

  • Martin Knap

    These dudes surely love their metal tees.

    • Grymm

      I have more metal T’s than I do formal clothes.

      I should fix that. Seriously.

      • Martin Knap

        Haha, that’s funny, I personally have spent a lot more on metal music than on metal clothing. In any case I prefer more minimalistic designs, only logos and stuff.

        • Dr. Scorpion

          …… says the guy with a Malmsteen avatar!

          • Martin Knap

            I haven’t said I don’t spend a lot on clothes in general ;-)

    • Hulksteraus

      They love their bullet belts too… Troo Kvlt…

  • Why the hell bother with a bandcamp page without being able to purchase or even stream the music? SMH

    • Grymm

      RIGHT?!!?

      That should be a tip-off right there.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      SMH? Silly Metal Head?

      • “Shake/Shaking My Head” I forget I’m not character impaired like on twitter.

        I like your version too.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Tuff gig, running your flag up the pole same time as Gorgoroth…

    Is the new Spectral Lore record going to get an AMG judgement?

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Um it seems Spectral Lore have made the jump from black metal to ambient electronica…It’s pretty nice though…

      • Huh, it was dubbed an EP on metallum, yet it lasts 43min. May be a one-off. Still, if it’s on the queue I don’t see a reason why not, WitTTR’s full-length was reviewed despite the genre jumping.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    This album made you spend an hour each night for nearly two weeks straight listening to it? You are either extremely committed to your reviewing job or the album isn´t nearly as bad as you make it seem on the actual review.

    • Grymm

      I’m very, very committed. That, and I had a bitch of a time trying to recall *anything* from this album.

      As a music reviewer, you kinda need to do that.

    • One would like to think that our first impression is the only one that matters on every subject. I feel that a review will be vastly different if you have an adequate period of acclimation to the music. At the very least I feel that it’s only fair for the artists and the readers to do so.

  • Feeblejocks

    The embedded track reminds me a little of Watain.

    I should kick myself for saying that. This is really boring. I like hearing the bass – that’s about the only good thing I can say about it.

  • Doomdeathrosh

    I’m surprised none of the guitarists lost the plot in the middle of any song! Mashed too bloody much for its own good.